Memorandum submitted by Oliver Dowding HO 48
May I take the opportunity to very briefly explain why homoeopathy should be
It's easy to be cynical, and take the line that you don't think that there is
anything in it other than water, or if it's on a pill that it's just a sugar
pill. May I respectfully suggest that just because it's beyond our ability to
understand the mechanism it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist or doesn't work.
I believe that millions of pounds are being invested in the Large Hadron Collider, and much of the
finance will have originated from this country. Commendable though it may be to
investigate such things, had one taken the view before the investment began
that we didn't know how it worked, or whether it worked, that therefore we
weren't going to undertake the investigation, all that money could have been
For 15 years, I treated over 300 dairy cows, and 200 of their offspring, almost
entirely using homoeopathic remedies. I had two herdsmen who barely had an exam
pass between them. They learned very quickly what to do, when to do it, and
which remedy would resolve which problem, using their many years of built-up stockmanship and an occasional education, and some book
reading, to understand their animal and match remedy to ailment. We did not
cause animals suffering, or have welfare problems, and often came out in the
top half of research projects undertaking assessment of efficacy of treatment
Of all the animals we treated, to my knowledge none were pathogenic liars, none
were fakes, and in fact, I don't think any of them ever knew what we were
treating them with. Had they done so, but that would've been a fascinating
How big a scientific study does one need to undertake to prove the efficacy of
the science? I might add that alongside treating this large number of cows I
have also seen many people treated very successfully with the same remedies. I
recently came across a college lecturer in conventional agriculture, who had
constantly teased me about my persistence with homoeopathy, rubbishing it at
every opportunity, simply because he couldn't understand it and deemed it to be
illogical. After many years with a persistent hacking off, one of his grown-up
children, persuaded him to go to a homoeopath, and the ailment literally
disappeared within 24 hours. He doesn't know how the mechanism works, but he
doesn't care, because it made him better. You don't know how your computer
works. but just as many of us don't know how many other things work, of which
we are perfectly happy to deploy every day, our lack of knowledge doesn't stop
by utilising the product.
The same goes for the mechanism by which many drugs operate, in that we don't
know exactly how they work in all cases, but it doesn't stop us using them.
Unfortunately, we also don't know why in some cases, the use of conventional
medication has unexpected side-effects, or when multiple doses are used they
react in a way that we don't expect. That also doesn't stop us using them.
I believe some people consider that the homoeopathic industry has undue
influence due to its size. Surely that cannot be the case? If it is, surely we
have a right to question the influence of the allopathic drug business? If you
care to ask and I'll give you some examples.
I thank you for
reading this, and although you may be finished with formal settings, I would be
happy to make any submission you like, to ensure your knowledge is complete
before you adjudicate.
Shepton Farms Ltd